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User currently offlineIberiaA319 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 574 posts, RR: 38
Posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 9408 times:

Hi folks,

This trip report is about my flights to the a.net meeting at Frankfurt airport: on my way to Frankfurt I took a Ryanair flight to Hahn, and back to Madrid I took Lan’s A340.

I describe also the funny and hilarious boarding situation on the Ryanair flight (apparently due to AENA’s fault). Keep reading.

My flight to Hahn:
FR5454 on the 8th July 2011
Scheduled departure: 20.25
Actual departure: 21.00
Scheduled and actual arrival: 22.50

The journey began on Friday afternoon, when I took the commuter train from the railway station in Tres Cantos.



I took this train to the station of Nuevos Ministerios, in Madrid, where I took the Metro straight to terminal 1.



Metro station at terminal 1



There is about a 10-minutes walk from the Metro station to the terminal 1. After going quickly through security, I saw the departure board: departure at 20.25 at gate C42 and boarding time at 19.41



This is the view of the gate C42, before any queue was formed in front of the gate. It goes straight to a jetway, as you may see on the picture.



At about 19.15 a queue was being formed. But at the time of the scheduled boarding time, and even a few minutes later, the queue did not move. The passengers were becoming nervous as the time was passing and as the flight could be delayed. Then, at the gate it was announced that the boarding was switched to a new gate, the gate C46. And the passengers, once they heard this, began to run across the terminal and even pushing people away in order to be the first ones in the new queue. All other people in the terminal were surprised and amazed when they saw the crowd running through the terminal with the hand baggage.

Well after running to the terminal, the new queue was formed in front of gate C46, in this case the gate was one without a jetway



Once we were standing there for a while, with the screen showing “new gate” for the flight, the Ryanair agent at the gate said in Spanish: “Well, I do not trust AENA, I will call them to confirm”. After talking on the phone and confirming the gate, the agent said: “The first gate was the correct one. Please return to the first gate”.

So all the passengers began to run again, now to the first gate, and all the other people passing by were really astonished. And some passengers were trying to overtake other passengers and trying to find the best short-cut in the terminal. We were now in front of the first gate, C42, which was showing “New gate” on the screen. Some passengers were sweating and some were saying: “This is a good exercise”



I was not at the beginning of the queue, but I guess many do not know that the two emergency rows in the middle of the aircraft have more legroom, so I could easily get a window seat at one of the emergency rows (row 16).

This was the view I had from the window



A lot of legroom in the emergency exit, row 16 (and also in row 17). Btw, the flight was almost full.



Easyjet planes in terminal 1.



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View of terminal 2



An IB A340



View of terminal 4



An IB A319



Planes were heading towards the runway which is usually used for landings. The winds were towards the south, which is not so usual.



And we departed with a delay of 30 minutes. This is the view of Torrejón de Ardoz and in the back you see Alcalá de Henares.



View of the military base of Torrejón



Around Madrid



The rest of the flight was uneventful. I kept reading the Ryanair in-flight magazine and I did not order any meal. Also the passengers sitting next to me kept reading their own magazines.

During the flight, the captain said that we had good winds towards Hahn and that we would arrive on time, despite our delay of 30 minutes.

We arrived at Hahn, and we heard the trumpets announcing that our flight was on time. Actually to do this flight in just 1 hour and 50 minutes is really a good time. Also, as there is not so much air traffic around Hahn (no traffic congestion), we landed immediately. The Ryanair plane in Frankfurt.



It took about 5 minutes to get from the plane to the entrance of the bed & breakfast which is just opposite the Frankfurt Hahn terminal.



It is a very convenient hotel, with a very good price, just 48 euro per night. Also it is interesting that you do not get any key or card to enter the room. You just get a code number which is introduced on the numeric keyboard next to the room door. I took the breakfast as well, and the bus that connects Hahn with Frankfurt. It takes 90 minutes, and I arrived at Frankfurt at 10.15, at terminal 2.

I took the Skyline train to terminal 1, in order to meet Suryo, and after meeting him we went back to terminal 2, where the observation deck is located.



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Spotting

Air Canada plane



Malaysia



American



United



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Iberia A319 (my nickname here on a.net)



United



US Airways



Gulf Air



Malaysia



United



Iberia A319 ready for Madrid



China Eastern



Vietnam Airlines



.


Aerologic:



Air Canada



Lunch time, burritos at the mexican restaurant next to the observation deck. It was a good meal, of course Suryo or Flying Finn, among others would agree.



Cathay



Syrian



Air France



Air Transat




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Really amazing, a great journey:



.



After the amazing visit to the observation deck, where we spent some hours, it was time to head back to Madrid on Lan Chile’s fight 905 and on its A340-300. The gate is D1. And Planehunter (Udo) was also travelling to Madrid on this flight.



The boarding is not checked manually before entering the passenger area, there are the readers and access doors (as in a metro station or in an office building access). Once the bar code from the boarding card is recognized, you go through.



And this is our plane CC-CQC



View of the business class



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And this was my row, Planehunter was sitting behind me



Some artistic pictures shown on the PTVs



Legroom was ok



View from outside the window



Lufthansa Technik in Frankfurt



And departing to Madrid



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The In-flight entertainment: we got headsets from the crew, but actually I did not use the PTVS and the entertainment as I kept chatting with the Chilean woman sitting next to me, and talking about Chile and Germany (I visited Chile in 2007).



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We got the meal in this box, which included a sandwich and a Kit Kat.



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PTV



The headsets were collected about 30 minutes prior to the scheduled landing, however due to traffic congestion, we were circling around for a while on the plane



Arrival at T4S in Madrid:



The A340 parked next to a B767 from the LAN group (to Peru or Ecuador).



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And the trip ended here in Terminal 4. I went with Udo to the parking place for the hotel buses, and I helped him in order to cofirm the reservation for his hotel (where he would spend 1 night) and to find the right bus.



23 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlineCabincrewifly From Ireland, joined Jul 2011, 243 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 9341 times:

What a great trip report. I really don't look forward to flying at all. I like the Boeing 737 aircraft but I try to avoid them as much as possible. But I admire Micheal o' Leary for what he has done for air-travel. I will be doing my first trip report in about two weeks.


EI FR RE EIR IWD MA FUA
User currently offlineROGERBCN From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9054 times:

Hola Eric!

Thanks for this TR. You had the best of both worlds: FR and LA, including some exercise in Barajas, maybe it was FR trick to make you all hungry and thirsty so you had to buy some food and drinks on board  ; with Michael O'Leary you never know what he is after.

Luckily you got to seat in the exit row, really convenient in FR, I am surprised they are not charging for those.

The meeting looked and sounded, from your TR, and others I read, really nice, pity I could not attend when PlaneHunter told me as I had a wedding that precise day, too bad, next time.

LA has always seemed to me as a really nice airline offering a great product both in their hard and soft products.

Looking forward to your next TRs and meeting you all next time.

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 8953 times:

Nice trip report, liked viewing it.
I'm glad you had a fun time on the LAN 340
It was a pleasure meeting you.



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineIberiaA319 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 574 posts, RR: 38
Reply 4, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 8844 times:

Thanks a lot for your replies. We really enjoyed the meeting in FRA.

Roger, hopefully we can meet in another meeting. Markus told me that you are a German teacher, did not know about it. We may speak in German next time, as I have German citizenship, but I always lived in Madrid. I speak both languages (Spanish and German) fluently since I was a child.

The experience on the A340 was really good, a very good flight.

I have a bunch of pictures of a trip in C on KLM: MAD-AMS-BAH, and I always planned to write a report but I never did, it included a layover in the city of Amsterdam. Maybe next week I write this report here on a.net.


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 8822 times:

Hola, Eric,

that was indeed a great pleasure to meet you at FRA. Something to do again soon.
Nice pictures and interesting story.
Especially that boarding mess with FR at MAD, sounds weird to follow all that people running for the "new" gates.

Also you´re LAN flight looks good, done this also a couple of years ago from MAD to FRA.

Have a nice weekend,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6676 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8488 times:

Hi Eric!

Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures! Annoying with the gate changes at MAD but at least you got a great seat. LA looks nice and great to get a sandwich on the flight.

Looking forward to more reports from you!

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 8423 times:

Hola Eric,

It has been a while that I read a report of yours. Thank you for taking your time write about the special occasion in FRA. Nicely written with lots of beautiful pictures. Very enjoyable!

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
I describe also the funny and hilarious boarding situation on the Ryanair flight (apparently due to AENA’s fault). Keep reading.

I can hardly believe that this actually happened. It reminds me of one of Warner Brothers’ classic cartoons.  


Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
where I took the Metro straight to terminal 1.

Ah, nice memory of visiting Madrid last 2009.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
but I guess many do not know that the two emergency rows in the middle of the aircraft have more legroom, so I could easily get a window seat at one of the emergency rows (row 16).

Don't tell any further, all right?

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
An IB A319

It looks like an A320 to me.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
You just get a code number which is introduced on the numeric keyboard next to the room door.

Oh, did you get your room number assigned beforehand?

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
I took the Skyline train to terminal 1, in order to meet Suryo, and after meeting him we went back to terminal 2, where the observation deck is located.

We did meet halfway, didn’t we?   


Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
Iberia A319 (my nickname here on a.net)

A nice tribute.  


Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
It was a good meal, of course Suryo or Flying Finn, among others would agree.

I did not order any meal actually, but seeing how you and Captain Red were enjoying, I had no doubt about the good taste.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
Really amazing, a great journey:

Definitely!   


Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
Once the bar code from the boarding card is recognized, you go through.

I just love self-boarding machines!

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
I did not use the PTVS and the entertainment as I kept chatting with the Chilean woman sitting next to me, and talking about Chile and Germany (I visited Chile in 2007).

It is nice having a chatty seatmate like her, especially if you share the same interests.

Thanks again and looking forward to reading more reports of yours.

Saludos,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 8, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 8387 times:

Hi Eric,

great report with nice pictures, good to see it's online already! It was a pleasure to meet and join you on the nice LAN flight.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
Then, at the gate it was announced that the boarding was switched to a new gate, the gate C46. And the passengers, once they heard this, began to run across the terminal and even pushing people away in order to be the first ones in the new queue.
Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
“The first gate was the correct one. Please return to the first gate”.

So all the passengers began to run again, now to the first gate, and all the other people passing by were really astonished. And some passengers were trying to overtake other passengers and trying to find the best short-cut in the terminal. We were now in front of the first gate, C42, which was showing “New gate” on the screen. Some passengers were sweating and some were saying: “This is a good exercise”

That's quite funny indeed!

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
I was not at the beginning of the queue, but I guess many do not know that the two emergency rows in the middle of the aircraft have more legroom, so I could easily get a window seat at one of the emergency rows (row 16).

I was in the middle of the queue prior to the EZY flight to CDG, but interestingly, the people in front didn't occupy any seats in the rear section.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
It is a very convenient hotel, with a very good price, just 48 euro per night. Also it is interesting that you do not get any key or card to enter the room. You just get a code number which is introduced on the numeric keyboard next to the room door. I took the breakfast as well, and the bus that connects Hahn with Frankfurt. It takes 90 minutes, and I arrived at Frankfurt at 10.15, at terminal 2.

That sounds quite good!

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
Legroom was ok

I liked the tiny IFE box, similar to the ones used by EK. I also found the seats very comfortable.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
I went with Udo to the parking place for the hotel buses, and I helped him in order to cofirm the reservation for his hotel (where he would spend 1 night) and to find the right bus.

Thanks a lot again!

Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 4):
I have a bunch of pictures of a trip in C on KLM: MAD-AMS-BAH, and I always planned to write a report but I never did, it included a layover in the city of Amsterdam. Maybe next week I write this report here on a.net.

Would be great, keep posting, Eric!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineSCL767 From Chile, joined Feb 2006, 8862 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 8185 times:

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
After the amazing visit to the observation deck, where we spent some hours, it was time to head back to Madrid on Lan Chile’s fight 905 and on its A340-300.


Great TR! I especially enjoyed the photographs of the different wide-body a/c at FRA! It's now LAN Airlines, (not LAN Chile). LA704/LA705 now operates SCL-MAD-FRA-MAD-SCL daily.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
We got the meal in this box, which included a sandwich and a Kit Kat.

This year LAN is promoting the centennial of Machu Picchu; hence the snack box.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
The A340 parked next to a B767 from the LAN group (to Peru or Ecuador).

It's a LAN Perú B-767-316ER. LAN Perú's a/c spends 10 hours on the ground everyday at MAD in order to offer passengers a daily direct service between LIM and FRA via MAD. I'm glad you had a great trip, thanks for flying LAN!

Saludos,
SCL767


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 610 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7991 times:

Hi IberiaA319

Nice report to read! I'd love to take that LA FRA-MAD or vice versa.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
And the passengers, once they heard this, began to run across the terminal and even pushing people away in order to be the first ones in the new queue.

Imagine how funny it would be if the queue would move as a queue through the terminal!

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
“The first gate was the correct one. Please return to the first gate”

Now that's hilarious! It so AENA!

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
I could easily get a window seat at one of the emergency rows (row 16)

Well, that's the way to go. Calmly and intelligently!

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
The boarding is not checked manually before entering the passenger area, there are the readers and access doors

Wow, I love those automatic gates. A far cry from manual boarding, when they first turned the boarding pass the right, way, inserted it into the gate reader and meanwhile fumbled with your passport or ID card....

Keep on posting!
Cheers, LXM83


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27342 posts, RR: 60
Reply 11, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7975 times:

Hi nice report and love the LAN pics the most. Its been interesting to see the various reports from this meet. You got some nice shots there of the different metal at FRA.

Thanks for an enjoyable report.

OA260  


User currently offlineSloAir From Slovenia, joined Jul 2010, 339 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 7766 times:

Hi Eric,

nice to see your report posted, you did a great job.

It was so nice to read once again about our meeting and see various interesting pictures.

And it seems you had a good time flying with LAN.

It was nice meeting you and lets hope there will be some more opportunities for meetings like this,

Blaž



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User currently offlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1908 posts, RR: 42
Reply 13, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 7618 times:
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Hola Eric, thanks for sharing! It was nice meeting you in FRA. This report really makes me want to try LanChile myself  

Best regards,

Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlineIberiaA319 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 574 posts, RR: 38
Reply 14, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago) and read 7476 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 3):
It was a pleasure meeting you
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
that was indeed a great pleasure to meet you at FRA
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 8):
It was a pleasure to meet and join you on the nice LAN flight.
Quoting SloAir (Reply 12):
It was nice meeting you
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 13):
It was nice meeting you in FRA

Thank you so much for the replies! It was really nice to meet all of you!!! It was such a good weekend!

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 9):
LA704/LA705 now operates SCL-MAD-FRA-MAD-SCL daily.

That's really good that this flight is now being operated every day. Until July 15th, the tag-on to FRA was operated every day except on Fridays (when the tag-on to CDG was cancelled), so I could not travel on LAN the day I was going to Germany.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
I just love self-boarding machines!
Quoting LXM83 (Reply 10):
Wow, I love those automatic gates. A far cry from manual boarding, when they first turned the boarding pass the right, way, inserted it into the gate reader and meanwhile fumbled with your passport or ID card....

Yes, I would like to see them in Spain as well!

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 10):
Imagine how funny it would be if the queue would move as a queue through the terminal!

That would be really funny.

Quoting SCL767 (Reply 9):
thanks for flying LAN!
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 13):
This report really makes me want to try LanChile myself

I really will try to fly LAN again. A really good service. I already travelled on LAN's A320s, when I flew from Santiago de Chile to Mendoza, Argentina (and return), back in 2007, and it was an amazing short flight, flying over the Andes mountain range with snow (it was in August, winter in the southern hemisphere).


I will keep writing.


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1789 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 7455 times:

Hola IberiaA319,

Thanks for this good report! Glad you also enjoyed the a.net meet at FRA, for sure a good way to spend the day. I'll be attending next time too, you know.
What a hilarious situation on boarding for the FR flight. How come it doesn't surprise me   I have no problem flying FR, but I usually pay for prio boarding to avoid this kind of boarding scrum...
Some nice spotting pics from FRA, that viewing terrace is a superb way to spend some time on!
And the return on LAN a great way to end it all. I like the meal box with the LAN advertisement on Macchu Picchu! Reminds me of my best travels ever to Peru some years ago!

   Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 7322 times:

Hola Eric,

thanks for your interesting report to our meeting in FRA. That FR boarding was really weird, just imagine people stand there for a long while at the front of the queue to get onboard first and then this   But hey, this is the Ryanair experience, even if it wasn't their fault this time.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
It was a good meal, of course Suryo or Flying Finn, among others would agree.

Indeed, I agree as well, as the other plate on your picture was my meal  

Nice to read about that LAN flight, it really makes me want to take this flight as well. It is certainly something special. Well, maybe later this year, we'll see...

Anyway it was a real pleasure to meet you there in FRA
CaptainRed


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 7179 times:

Hi Eric

really nice to read your report on FR and LAN. Indeed, people would think the gate issues in MAD are fault of FR, but they also can't help this since it's airport matter. Quite funny... this always happens to FR flights, so it seems  
Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
The Ryanair plane in Frankfurt.

Hahn, you mean?  
Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
Iberia A319 (my nickname here on a.net)

I even thought EC-KBX would suit good for royal Dutch plane for the royal family. It has already some orange colours, EC would be replaced by PH- (we have PH-KBX, Fokker 70 now), and the A319 is a bit more 'aircraft' compared to our tiny F70.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 7):
It looks like an A320 to me.

But it's definitely an A319.

Meal on LAN was better a few years ago when I took the flight, but still, this is quite good. Although I think LH serves a hot meal on this sector? (I got a hot meal on LH MUC-MAD).

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineSPLTA From Poland, joined Jun 2011, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7106 times:

Hello IberiaA319,

nice story, interesting to find LCC ride and widebody flight in one TR.

Interestingly, you had much better legroom when on FR's 737 than when on LA's 340    .

The gate situation at MAD sounds ridiculous.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
SPLTA


User currently offlineIberiaA319 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 574 posts, RR: 38
Reply 19, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 7031 times:

Thanks again for your replies.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 15):
that viewing terrace is a superb way to spend some time on!

It is, definitely. We spend there several hours, and there are always interesting things to see (all the different carriers, planes, etc.)

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
Indeed, I agree as well, as the other plate on your picture was my meal

Yes, that mexican restaurant is really good!!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 16):
Anyway it was a real pleasure to meet you there in FRA

Thanks a lot, it was also a pleasutre to meet all of you.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 17):
Hahn, you mean?

Yes right. On the departure board at Barajas and at the gate (as shown on the pictures), the destination is announced as "Frankfurt". Travellers may think the flight really goes to FRA...

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 18):
Interestingly, you had much better legroom when on FR's 737 than when on LA's 340

Yes, the good thing is that even when almost all the passengers got into the plane to Hahn there were still one or two seats available at the emergency rows, and one of the very last passengers to board the aircraft still got a seat in these rows with more legroom.


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 20, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 6915 times:

Hola Eric,

Finally got around reading this report! A nice way to combine two completely different carriers for your trip to our meet at FRA - the nastiest of all the budget, short haul carriers, and a traditional flag carrier flying a long haul aircraft.

Those LAN flights between MAD and FRA sure are fun.

It was nice meeting you there, albeit only for such a brief time, but that's the way these things go. Let's see when the next time will be...

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
Lunch time, burritos at the mexican restaurant next to the observation deck. It was a good meal, of course Suryo or Flying Finn, among others would agree.

Yeah well, quite mediocre and industrial food if you ask me, but it served its purpose as providing more fuel for the important things happening that day  

As a side note I think I once got food poisoning from that very same restaurant, I think that was back in 2007.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
It is a very convenient hotel, with a very good price, just 48 euro per night. Also it is interesting that you do not get any key or card to enter the room

Yes, I too was surprised by this hotel.

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
at terminal 2.

I'll remember that the next time  


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 858 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6892 times:

very nice TR,

Quoting IberiaA319 (Thread starter):
Really amazing, a great journey:

glad to see the all "famous" reporters  



Fly with Air Burundi, Air Tanzania, Air Uganda, Kenya Airways and Rwandair...Jumuiya ya Afrika mashariki
User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5934 posts, RR: 40
Reply 22, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6685 times:

Great Report!

Quoting IberiaA319 (Reply 14):
I really will try to fly LAN again. A really good service. I already travelled on LAN's A320s, when I flew from Santiago de Chile to Mendoza, Argentina (and return), back in 2007, and it was an amazing short flight, flying over the Andes mountain range with snow (it was in August, winter in the southern hemisphere).

next friday I will be on a Mendoza - Santiago - Lima flight with LAN but hopefully on a A318 as scheduled.

Have to say LAN is a good airline and I am travelling a lot with them, but on the midrange flights in SouthAmerica they should provide a much better service!

saludos



Colombia es el Mundo Y el Mundo es Colombia
User currently offlineeco From Bulgaria, joined Nov 2010, 84 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (3 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6675 times:

Hola Eric,
It was a pleasure meeting you at FRA. Great trip report thank you for sharing. FRA-MAD on LAN is in my ToDo list for the next year.


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